Garden Pot and Planter 101

Garden planters are a wonderful way to showcase your gardening work! Most often planters are a great option for plants that you would like to winter through, as they will not need to be dug up, and can easily be moved inside to protect them from the cold weather. Patio pots come in different shapes, sizes, and materials, making it easy to find a style that works well with your existing theme or garden décor. These accents are a great addition to any patio, porch, or garden setting!

The first step to creating beautiful garden planters is to choose a planter. The container should be washed with a solution of bleach and water to disinfect them of any diseases that can spread and infect your plants. The solution should be one cup of bleach for every gallon of water. Planters should soak for about one hour. After this they can be rinsed off and left to dry in the air. The planter needs to have proper drainage as well, if your planter does not come with drainage holes, use a layer of gravel on the bottom of the planter to keep moisture from sitting on the roots.

If your garden planters are to sit on a porch or patio, it is a wise idea to add a drainage dish beneath the container so water will not leak and stain your flooring. This is especially important id the deck is wooden. Plant the pot by placing an inch of soil into the container, then spreading out the roots of the plant, and covering it with more soil, firmly pressing the soil down and adding more as needed. These garden planters can then be added anywhere to add a decorative touch. They will look beautiful decorating your deck, adding splashes of color. Consider creating an arrangement of containers that flank your front entrance for a welcoming and friendly touch. Create height for a patio by placing the garden planter on a pedestal.

Be sure to check the garden planter for water often, these plants need to be watered often, especially in the hot and dry months of summer. In a garden planter the soil does not retain water as well as the plants that grow in the ground, so they need to be watered much more frequently than items planted directly into the earth. Simply check the soil, and if it feels dry, give it some water. This way you wont over water the plant, as this can cause the roots to rot, eventually killing the entire plant.

These decorative garden planters can be taken inside was the cold weather approaches. Garden planters make lovely indoor decorations as well.  Try searching for Garden Terrace planters or indoor pots for just the right size for indoor use. Some plants may experience hibernation during the winter months, even indoors, but others will continue to bloom. By taking planters inside, you will have the opportunity to use these plants in the spring. Garden planters are a great way to save money, allowing you to reuse the plants, eventually needing to be separated, creating even more plants for you to use.

Garden planters are a versatile and exciting feature for your décor. They make a wonderful home for your plants, and allow you to keep them from year to year. Furthermore, they offer such a wide variety of shape and sizes, that it is easy to find the perfect styles for your setting. They are easy to care for, and add beautiful focal points to your setting!
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team